The NINE ELITE Heavyweights Deontay Wilder is aiming to join on May 18

Ringside 09/05/2019
Deontay Wilder

📸 Esther Lin

Deontay Wilder is aiming to become part of top division folklore next week when the big-punching Alabama slammer bids for yet another successful title defense.

When the WBC Heavyweight World Champion defends his title against mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale on Saturday, May 18, he will not only seek to continue his run as the only American heavyweight champion, but also cement himself into the historic company of heavyweight legends that came before him.

In an event taking place live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, Wilder will attempt to defend his WBC title for the ninth time since first capturing the belt in January 2015.

Wilder’s triumph marked the return of heavyweight prizefighting in America. The end of an eight-year drought without an American heavyweight world champion, the longest in the history of the sport.

If successful on May 18, Wilder will become just the 10th fighter in the more than 135-year history of heavyweight boxing to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.

Wilder would join an impressive list of Hall of Famers who dominated the sport during their reign.

Tommy Burns, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko and future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko

Wilder’s successes in the ring have seen him skyrocket toward the kind of recognition that heavyweight champions have garnered throughout history. This is due to his exciting style.

In 2018, he was ranked 34 on ESPN’s “World Fame 100” list, the top spot of any boxer in the world. He is also ranked at number 14 in the World Boxing News Pound for Pound list.

List of fighters with nine consecutive heavyweight title defenses (listed chronologically):

1.) Tommy Burns (11)
2.) Joe Louis (25)
3.) Joe Frazier (nine)
4.) Muhammad Ali (nine in first run, 10 in second reign)
5.) Larry Holmes (20)
6.) Mike Tyson (nine in first run)
7.) Lennox Lewis (nine in second run)
8.) Vitali Klitschko (11 in second run)
9.) Wladimir Klitschko (18 in second run)

WBN Pound for Pound Top 50:

1 Canelo Alvarez

2 Vasyl Lomachenko

3 Terence Crawford

4 Oleksandr Usyk

5 Manny Pacquiao

6 Gennady Golovkin

7 Naoya Inoue

8 Errol Spence

9 Mikey Garcia

10 Juan Estrada

11 Donnie Nietes

12 Tyson Fury

13 Kosei Tanaka

14 Deontay Wilder

15 Anthony Joshua

16 Leo Santa Cruz

17 Wanheng Menayothin

18 Nonito Donaire

19 Shawn Porter

20 Sergey Kovalev


Wilder vs. Breazeale is headlined by Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder defending his WBC title against top contender Dominic Breazeale Saturday, May 18 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features
WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. defending his title against former world champion Kiko MartĂ­nez, plus unbeaten super lightweight contender
Juan Heráldez squaring-off against former world champion Argenis Méndez in a 10-round attraction.

Tickets for this BombZquad event can be purchased at ticketmaster.comand barclayscenter.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Heraldez vs. Mendez fight is co-promoted with Mayweather Promotions.